C. David Nelson, Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Executive Director, Named to List of '40-Under-40' Leaders

Minneapolis | May 09, 2008

C. David Nelson, the executive director of the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation, has been honored as an outstanding "40-Under-40" business leader by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Nelson was among the 40 people who were recognized Thursday for their business contributions and potential to have a continuing, positive effect on the business community in the future.

Lars-Erik Birk Leafblad, vice president of KeyStone Search and a previous 40-Under-40 award recipient, said he nominated Nelson for the recognition because, "He has made a lasting impact on Minnesota's philanthropic community at a young age, and continues to mentor, encourage and inspire next-generation grant makers and volunteers through his outreach, mentoring and community contributions."

As executive director of the Carlson Family Foundation, Nelson is responsible for operations of the organization, including Carlson's corporate and family philanthropy. He previously served as vice president and director of Community Outreach and Donor Services for the Lutheran Community Foundation. His additional professional experience includes serving as manager of foundation initiatives and grants manager for the Allina Health System Foundation.

He also was program assistant for a National Institutes of Health research project at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a past member of the Minnesota Council on Foundation's Membership Committee, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and the Wilder Foundation's Homeless Youth Advisory Committee.

In addition, Nelson has made significant non-profit and civic leadership contributions through a variety of volunteer leadership roles. He has served as secretary of the Plymouth Civic League, a volunteer and corporate committee member of the Human Rights Campaign, co-chair of the Centennial Committee for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Golden Valley, and as a volunteer and camp counselor with Camp Heartland.

A native of Loomis, Nebraska, Nelson is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and lives in Golden Valley.

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